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This might be the very first year that I have actually NOT counted down days until the end of the year. I have no idea why. Maybe it’s because I have found new ways to challenge myself this year or perhaps I have been working so hard that I didn’t even realize how much time had passed. Either way, I’m down to 9, maybe 8, days left of school and I can’t believe it.
In the midst of all the end-of-the-year blues/excitement/anticipation, I feel that it is always important to remind ourselves of some positive thoughts to get ourselves through to the end of the year. Also, teachers, I know you will relate! Happy Summer everyone!
My favorite end-of-school-year quotes.
These are not original quotes, so I’ve linked to the sites they each came from so you can find more inspiration there!
1. “I call my students ‘my kids’ because in our year together, they aren’t just kids on my class list, they become a part of my heart.” (From venspired.com)
I catch myself doing this all the time. I have even had people clarify whether or not I was talking about my own children or my students. If you aren’t a teacher, you probably don’t understand. For 187 days, these students really are my kids. I protect them and try to take care of them as if they really were my own.
2. “You know it’s the end of a school year when your to-do list resembles a lengthy novel, you’ve learned an entirely new definition of the word ‘exhausted,’ and you’re filling your desk with all of the things you’re not sure what else to do with. But, your heart is completely full as you prepare to say ‘goodbye’ to another group of kids that have made you a better teacher and person.” (From Pinterest Teacher Confession Tuesday.)
This is so true in many different ways. There’s a reason teachers don’t work year-round. Summer is a well-deserved recuperation period that is necessary for survival. The end of the year is so physically and emotionally exhausting. However, between state testing, classroom parties, and assemblies, it is sad to think about leaving the group of kids you have spent the last year getting to know.
3. “2 things you need to survive the last week of school: chocolate + caffeine.” Not much to say here except that my bag might be filled with chocolate and that I know the employees at all the fast-food restaurants between work and home that have Diet Dr. Pepper. (From My Sister’s Suitcase.)
4. “So often you find that the students you’re trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you.” (From Sean Junkins of venspired.com.)
Each year I find this to be more and more relevant. I work so hard motivating my students and working to make sure they are successful. However, each year, I always find myself learning something new and ending the year with a whole new perspective on teaching.
5. “Teaching: some days you change the world. Other days, you end up hiding under your desk eating the leftover Skittles from a math lesson that was good on paper.” (
Been there, done that.
6. “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” (From Teach 4 the Heart.)
This is probably the most important reminder. Yes, we are all ready to end the school year and enjoy two months of freedom. However, remember that you are setting these students up for a lifetime of success. Take advantage of the time you have teaching the kids of our future.
And those are just a few end-of-school-year quotes for you today. Let me know your favorite end-of-school-year quotes.